Nintendo says Switch Online subscribers 'gradually increasing,' more service expansions coming
Switch Online is evolving
Nintendo has been, little by little, adding content to their Switch Online service. There has been the addition of more legacy platforms and games, DLC inclusions for multiple games, limited-time offers, and more. It seems this approach is working, as Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has stated that the number of subscribers is gradually increasing.
In particular, Furukawa said that most Switch Online members in the United States upgraded to the Expansion Pack option following the service’s launch in October 2021. That said, Nintendo’s focus is in not only adding more subscribers to the service, but also retaining members that are there.
Of course, there are customers who allow their subscribership to expire, and then they don’t renew, so we believe it is important to continue releasing software that allows players to continue enjoying, not only online play, but also enhances their overall experience.
We will continue to expand our services and create new content for our customers throughout this year.
Furukawa was directly asked about the potential for adding more DLC packages to the Switch Online Expansion Pack, as that seemed to reel in more subscribers than usual. Furukawa answered with the following.
…we will continue to consider the convenience for our customers as well as how well it would tie in with individual software. We will provide the best possible solution for each title.
So you’re telling me there’s a chance….
"Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pak + Memory Pak" coming soon
Transfer Pak, E-reader pak.
It looks like the service isnt very popular, im yet to purchase it
"…we will continue to consider the convenience for our customers as well as how well it would tie in with individual software. We will provide the best possible solution for each title."
I wonder if those three dots before "we" imply if he's not aware of the reception of the DLC offering or if he has no clue whether they would continue doing this.
There’s a quote in the very article suggesting that it’s surprisingly popular. This isn’t meant as a knock on you so please don’t take it as such but the internet has an interesting knack of thinking it speaks for the vast majority. Only for the end result to be quite different. Take the massive backlash against Pokémon Sword and Shield, for example. That was puffed up as a rebellion and boycott prior to release. Odd decisions by Gamefreak led to the game(s) being reviled and mocked everywhere you looked online. Then it sold some of the biggest numbers in franchise history. Put simply, the internet is great at creating a digital smokescreen.
The 3 dots just signify that it’s a quote started mid-sentence, not that the speaker included a deliberate pause for thought.
Nice to see that the lapsed subscriptions are many enough to make a dent so they notice, still not feeling it brings any more value than pre subscriptions at all,
In general the online games just got less users on obscure titles(online dies for some games in just like a month, pre subscriptions they kinda could live for years). Kirby fighters 2 on switch was a great example, initially had lots of fun with that game, but online died down after only like 2 weeks which is just sad.